Middle and South Hitchcock

Hiked Middle and South Hitchcock on 10/19/2016 with Bill Schor and Bill Cronin. It was a bright sunny day with temps in the 50s and low 60s, kind of warm for a bushwhack. We started out on the Discovery trail off the Kancamaugus Highway and then followed an old logging road until its end where we started the bushwhack.

Bill C in the parking lot
Bill C in the parking lot
Logging road with a few blowdowns
Logging road with a few blowdowns

We slowly went uphill toward the summit of South Hitchcock and then it got quite steep for a short distance and then we came out in a flat area to the west of the summit.

View before the summit of Scar Ridge
View of Scar Ridge

We turned east to find the summit slightly uphill from where we entered the flat area. We signed in at the canister and had a snack before heading over to Middle Hitchcock.

South Hitchcock canister
South Hitchcock canister

There were a few blowdowns on the way over to Middle Hitchcock but it was basically an easy hike. We reached the summit and signed in and ate our PBJs.

Me on Middle Hitchcock
Me on Middle Hitchcock
Bill C signing us in to the log
Bill C signing us in to the log

We left the summit heading west before dropping down to avoid a cliff area. In retrospect we should have returned to the low spot between Middle and South and gone down the same way we came up. We spent 5 hours coming down and doing lots of ups and downs that could have been avoided if we had returned the same way we came up. There was some nice foliage on the way down.

Some nice colorful leaves
Some nice colorful leaves

We got to the parking lot later than planned but it was still a good day. Only 15 peaks left to finish the New Hampshire 100 Highest.

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